(In a manner of speaking.)
What a long day at the office.
44 miles: 8:30 running time, 10:00 clock time.
I was pushed hard the whole day long, and even ran in the rain (which I hate!) because I didn't want to run in the dark.
I paid attention and got lost only once, realized it within a half-mile and asked a cop who just happened to be on the right place at the right time (for me) blocking passage onto a road at an intersection which way to go.
He sent me up the closed road.
I took sit-down break for lunch that lasted about 30 minutes and was looking pretty good on time.
Until 3PM - when the rain got too heavy to see through. I was running on a divided highway, traffic was fast and spray was flying everywhere. It seemed wisest to wait out the deluge and found a utility building with a tiny eaves that kept me mostly dry. 45 minutes later the rain slowed enough for me to continue the run. Yes, 45 minutes.
(I have a lot I want to say about climate and Global Warming, and why I chose to run in Puerto Rico and not California in December, but let's keep this blog decent - and on track.)
Night fell 'cause that's what it does (Global Warming or not.) I wasn't happy about it, but at least the rain had stopped.
And then I found out that Google had been lying to me.
An open letter to my dear (and I thought RELIABLE) friend:
Dear and gentle Google,
Why do you toy with me? All day long you assured me I had but 40 miles to run, and then - while, as the last light of day was beating its all too fast retreat - at mile 33 as I studied the route you'd been showing all day and mentioned how I was looking forward to a hot bath you suddenly announced not 7 miles to go but 11. Yes, I know you will claim your right to a 10% margin of error just after reminding me with real hurt in your voice that you offer your service for free, but still: those extra 4 miles were a b*tch.
Anyway - no harm done 'cause I made it to the hotel before the kitchen (and bar) closed.
44 miles. I don't plan on doing that again.
For at least another week. ;).
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